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Comparing the X3 and the X5

The New 2017 BMW X3 and X5: Sport Activity Vehicles

The new 2017 BMW X3 and X5 can't simply be labeled as luxury SUVs because that wouldn't be doing justice to the tremendous capability that each vehicle has to offer. Instead, BMW has labeled these boundary crossers as sport activity vehicles, which is fitting because once you get behind the wheel and put your foot down, you know that to only highlight the luxury aspect would be selling these vehicles short. Although the X3 and X5 are quite similar in some areas, they are both made to tailor to drivers with different needs. If you're currently in the market for a luxury sport crossover SUV, but you aren't sure which one is going to be the best option for you, we're here to help with a little outline on both the new 2017 BMW X3 and 2017 BMW X5 to help you figure out which one is going to be the best fit for you!

2017 BMW X3

  • Starting MSRP: $39,250
  • Passenger Capacity:Five passengers
  • Fuel Capacity:17.7 gallons
  • *Fuel Economy:City 21/ Highway 28 (base engine)
  • Engine Options:
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder: 240-horsepower
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder: 180-horsepower
    • 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder: 300-horsepower

The 2017 X3 offers premium comfort and features at every turn. This compact luxury sports SUV provides elegant seating for five passengers plus ample cargo space behind the second row of seating. Entertainment and communication is all handles by the all-new iDrive 5.0 system, with hands free phone connectivity, Bluetooth audio, navigation, and voice activation, you can easily and conveniently stay connected with everyone in your life and control your favorite music, apps and more. With tons of passive and active safety features, the choice between three powerful engine options, and legendary BMW performance, the new X3 offers something for everyone to enjoy.

2017 BMW X5

  • Starting MSRP: $55,500
  • Passenger Capacity: Seven passengers
  • Fuel Capacity: 22.4 gallons
  • *Fuel Economy:City 18/ Highway 25 (base engine)
  • Engine Options:
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder/electric motor: 308-horsepower
    • 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder: 300-horsepower
    • 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel six-cylinder: 255-horsepower
    • 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8: 445-horsepower
    • 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8(X5 M): 567-horsepower


If you're looking for the same sporty capability of the X3 with added space for passengers and cargo alike, the X5 is the right option for you. With elegant seating for seven, plus ample cargo space for all of your cargo needs, the new X5 is a great option for families. Where the X5 really shines is its driving capabilities though. The steering is smooth and responsive, the suspension is sporty, and depending on which of the five engine options you equip your X5 with, you'll never be left wanting for speed.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.